Racial discord won’t be tolerated in Malaysia, warns Bukit Aman


PETALING JAYA: Action will be taken against those who stir up racial and religious issues that jeopardise public order, said Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic).

He said the people should not play up matters that could offend the multiracial communities in the country.

“We will not hesitate to take action in accordance to the law on anyone who tries to disrupt the country’s security and public order, ” he said in a statement to the media yesterday.

Bukit Aman had taken stern action in several recent cases involving racial and religious sensitivities, he added.

These included preacher Dr Zakir Naik who allegedly made racially charged comments, businessman Tan Sri Koon Yew Yin who insulted the armed forces, and Chinese educationist group Dong Zong, Comm Huzir said.

On Zakir’s case in which he apparently said that Malaysian Indians did not support Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Comm Huzir said the police had already forwarded the investigation papers to the Attorney General’s Chambers and were waiting for further instructions.“Several others have been called up to have their statements recorded, including Zakir, ” he said.

“The case is classified under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with an intent to provoke a breach of the peace.”

This, he said, was also similar to the case in which Zakir had allegedly asked the Chinese to leave Malaysia.

Comm Huzir said police were also investigating statements made by five individuals who caused

public distress and anger towards Zakir.

“We will forward the investigation papers to the AG’s Chambers. We will wait for their decision, ” he said.

As for Koon, Comm Huzir said police had recorded his statement and were waiting for the profiling and digital analysis reports from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

“We have also seized several digital devices used by Koon, ” he said.

Police also recorded statements from Dong Zong chairman Tan Tai Kim and its secretary-general Ng Chai Heng.

This came about after police reports were lodged over the group’s statement that the introduction of Jawi writing in vernacular schools was a form of Islamisation.

“We will refer the investigation papers to the AG’s Chambers soon, ” he said.


   

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